Activities on 2007

Forthcoming Activities 2007:
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Activities Year: 2007

Nepal Water Partnership/JVS 8th Annual General Meeting

Date: 28th March 2008
Venue: Royal Singi Hotel, Kamaladi
Registration Time: 3:30 12th GWP-SAS Regional Council Meeting
Date: 31st May – 1st June 2008, Kathmandu, Nepal

Activities on 2007
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Activities Year:2007

Dialogue:

Indo – Nepal Water Relation in the changed context: Possible Cooperation in Sikata, Bhalubang and Naumure Projects in the Rapti river basin.

A Dialogue Program was organized by Nepal Water Partnership/JVS on 22nd February 2007 in Kathmandu to discuss the issues on Nepal Water Relation. Dr. Umesh N. Parajuli, Trans-boundary Water Management Researcher presented a paper on “Development option of West Rapti water resources development projects with a focus to Sikta, Bhalubang and Naumure Projects”. The discussion concluded that in having cooperation with India on these projects it should be looked at from the perspectives of various option available rather than one option of power project as Naumure.

Policy Dialogue:

Treaty between Nepal and India on Mahkali River:

  • A policy dialogue program on Mahaklai Treaty between Nepal and India was organized by Nepal Water Partnership/JVS on 20th March 2007 in Kathmandu. Mr. Surya N. Upadhyay, Secretary General of Nepal Water Partnership/JVS presented a paper on “Mahakali Treaty – A Review:” Various issues pertaining to Mahakli treaty was discussed during this program. According to the treaty the time has come to review it. It was felt that review of the treaty be made with an analysis of the impediments that have come in the implementation of the treaty
    Dialogues to promote Water Rights:
  • National Water Plan and Water Resource Strategy of Nepal are formulated keeping in mind the principles of IWRM. Both these documents have become national documents of Nepal in the field of water resources. Its success or failure will have long term effects in the water resources sector of Nepal and implementation of IWRM principles. Hence, it is expected that the dialogues will further smoothen the implementation of IWRM and promote decentralization of water rights under this Plan.
  • Among the three planned dialogues under the program the district level dialogue in Chitwan was conducted on 10th May 2007, the basin level dialogue program was conducted in Pokhara on 4th June 2007 and the central level dialogue was onducted in Kathmandu on 12th July 2007 respectively. More than 50 stakeholders enthusiastically participated in each of the program. The synthesis report of the program is prepared.
  • Process Documentation of Local Water Parliament (LWP) and Introduction of IWRM Concept in LWP:
  • The final product of the project is a common platform for the stakeholders of Melamchi river basin at central Nepal. The LWP is responsible of the data keeping, sharing, negotiating, planning and developing water conservation and use on the basis of IWRM principles. The project is a group of local people equipped with the basics of IWRM, its advantages, process, dimension etc
  • The effectiveness of the LWP in terms of stakeholders’ problems, solution, development activities, advocacy, and awareness are still to be observed and documented. This requires the building of further activities in the shape of executing water use projects at that small level. The next step shall be to identify and study projects to a level which could be executed to the advantage of the members of the parliament. It needs to be ensured that in doing so the principles of IWRM are followed.
  • Residential Workshop – Management and Enterprise Development training for Micro Hydropower Plant Managers:
  • A three day residential workshop was conducted in Kathmandu by Micro Hydro Federation (organization of micro-hydro owners) along with Capital Energy Pvt. Ltd. with support from Nepal Water Partnership/JVS from 20-22 March. The training workshop was concluded on 22nd March 2007 and also observed the World Water Day. The output expected from this program is cost effective high quality training for Micro Hydro Plant Manager (MHPM) in diverse aspects of Micro Hydro Plant management and enterprise development.

Water and Media – A research study:

  • The objectives of the interdisciplinary study are to i) review the type of the news and comments on water (drinking water, irrigation, hydropower, weather) affairs and management in the vernacular media (selected dailies as well as magazines); ii) assess significance given to type of the news and comments; and iii) identify and assess the stakeholders at all levels (local, national, bilateral, international) and by their types (community, private and public sectors) that the published news and comments are related to and have a bearing upon.
  • The data to serve the above objectives are being collected. Three daily news papers and three magazines are purposefully chosen. Issues covering a full year of the sampled dailies and magazines are reviewed for data collection and tabulation purpose. Issues covering the whole year are reviewed for reason to do justice for each weather cycle.
  • Rohini, Danda, Tinau Area Water Partnership (AWP) and Gender Mainstreaming and Water and Sanitation Workshop
  • A one day Workshop cum /Training Program on Strengthening and Development of Rohini Danda Tinau AWP and Gender Mainstreaming through Water and Sanitation Education was held on 9th September 2007 in Butwal District. The main objective of the program was:
  • To receive updates from participants (NGOs active in water sector that participated in the previous JVS – AWP workshop)
  • To provide brief orientation to NGOs, women networks on National Water Policies, Laws, Plan and Strategies
  • Discuss the role of Women Networks including men and community in general in Water Conservation, Management and Policy Influence